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little judgment to combine or arrange, he had great industry in collecting and laying up stores by which others might profit.

The facilities afforded me by the Rev. J. Glover, the Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge, in consulting the manuscripts under his charge, deserve my best acknowledgments.

To the gentlemen whose names are subjoined, also, I desire to offer my thanks for obliging communications or references regarding the subject of my biography : The Rev. Joseph Thackeray, Rector of Coltishall and Horstead, Norfolk; the Rev. J. W. Flavell, Rector of Ridlington and East Ruston, Norfolk ; the Rev J. C. Wright, Vicar of Bacton, Norfolk; the Rev. John Gunn, Rector of Irstead, Norfolk; the Rev. Edward Hibgame, Vicar of Fordham, Cambridge; T. L'Estrange Ewen, Esq., Dedham, Essex; the Rev. R. B. P. Kidd, Vicar of Potter Heigham, Norfolk ; the Rev. P. C. Kidd, Vicar of Skipton, Yorkshire; the Rev. C. W. Whiter, Rector of Clown, Derbyshire ; the Rev. T. J. Blofeld, Vicar of Hoveton, Norfolk; Robert Postle, Esq., Kimberley Terrace, Yarmouth.

My information concerning the authorship of Gregory Blunt's Letters, I owe to James Yates, Esq., Lauderdale House, Highgate.

Dates, in the following narrative, are carefully given, as well as references to authorities wherever they appeared necessary; and nothing is stated, whether

authorities are given or not, for which the author did not consider that he had sufficient warrant.

The life of such a scholar could hardly be written without exhibiting in its pages some portions of Latin and Greek; but moderation, in this respect, has been studied; and it is hoped that the book is of such a nature on the whole as to be no unacceptable offering to the literary world in general.

The notice of the Travisian controversy may appear somewhat long ; but many readers might justly complain if, in the life of the great champion in the contest, they were to find no satisfactory account of the dispute. For the episode on Ireland's Shakspearian forgeries some apology is offered at the part where it is introduced.

The plural we, which is used in some passages, might seem to indicate that there are more authors of the work than one ; but it is to be understood that for all faults in the narration I only am responsible.

J. S. W.


April, 1861.


Porson resolves not to enter the Church. In consequence is obliged to

resign his Fellowship. Meets with Travis's “Letters to Gibbon on

1 John v. 7." - Porson's “ Letters to Travis” in the “ Gentleman's


View of the Controversy. - Editions of the New Testa-

ment by Erasmus, Robert Stephens, Beza, and others. Luther and

the Reformers.—How Porson's thoughts were turned to the subject.-

Travis's show of Arguments. · Replies to them.


Cyprian, Jerome. - The Vulgate. — Jerome's “Prologue to the

Canonical Epistles." — Laurentius Valla's Manuscripts. — Modern

Versions. — Origin of the Text; probably from St. Augustine.

Porson's Conclusion.-General Character of the Style of the Letters 55


Contemporary Criticism on the “ Letters to Travis." Parr, Burney. -

Porson's sarcastic manner of Writing. Anecdote of Bishop Watson.

- Porson loses a great Patroness. — Bishop Burgess's Attacks on

Porson's book after his Death. – Vindicated by Dr. Turton, Bishop of

Ely. Instances of Travis's Ignorance and Obtuseness. Porson's

Critique on Gibbon. Gibbon's Opinion of the “ Letters.” — Porson's

Interview with Gibbon. - A Remark of Fox on Gibbon's Quotations 78


Porson's Notes on Toup's Emendations of Suidas. Ilis Preface to that

Publication, showing the nature of his Criticism. — Porson with Parr

at latton. — Insulted by Mrs. Parr. — Porson's Resignation of his

Fellowship. - His Dialogue with Postlethwaite, the Master of Trinity

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